Noida Authority is leaving no stone unturned in throwing open to the public several infrastructure projects aimed at decongesting the city. A day after a 3-lane bridge was opened to traffic near Film City, another two mega projects—elevated road and underpass—at busy locations in the city were inspected by P K Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Noida Authority on Friday. After conducting a detailed inspection of the facilities, Agarwal found them fit and ordered them open for trials. The facilities will be inaugurated formally at a later date, he said.
Speaking to TOI, Agarwal said that the first phase of the city’s maiden elevated road has been completed and is now fit for traffic. “We have thrown it open to traffic before the festival of Diwali as we had promised. We want the public to provide us with feedback, so that we can improve the facility if required,” he said. “The 4-lane elevated stretch will provide respite to thousands of commuters who travel to Delhi, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida,” he said adding that along with the new bridge across the Shahdara drain on Master Plan road-II opened on Thursday, it will definitely be a smooth ride for commuters.
The first phase of the elevated road is about 2.50 kms of the total 4.80 kms between Shopprix Mall in sector 61 to NTPC cross roads near sector 24 of Noida. Part of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s project, the foundation for the project was laid in April last year and project was commissioned in October 2014.
Once complete, the 16.63-metre-wide (with two 7.5-metre-wide lanes on both sides) elevated road with exits and entry provisions at Nithari, sector 30 and NTPC, sector 24 will ensure seamless flow of traffic at busy stretches along its route as about seven points on this stretch will become signal-free. About one lakh vehicles pass through the Sector 62 area. Commuters use the stretch to reach Ghaziabad via NH-24 and East Delhi. Several hundred vehicles also drive towards Greater Noida West area from Film City via the City Centre and Uflex route.
Agarwal also opened a second big-ticket project for the public on Friday, the Rs 112 crore underpass located at the busy NH-24 in the sector 62 area. “This project too is fit for traffic,” he said. “This facility is expected to decongest and streamline traffic movement for thousands of commuters going between Noida, Delhi and Ghaziabad,” he explained.
To augment smooth traffic movement in the area, the authority has also constructed four clover leaves — two on either side of the national highway — to avoid jams on NH-24. Vehicles coming from Delhi will enter Noida through a loop road without increasing the burden on the highway. Also, after the construction of the underpass, vehicles going towards Indirapuram and Vasundhara will not have to use the highway. The cloverleaf loops on all sides leading to and from the NH-24 will provide access. “I have asked my officials to keep the loop from Ghaziabad towards Noida closed for another 2-3 days till completed. Sign boards and lighting will be enhanced and to counter dust, water will be sprinkled,” Agarwal said.
Work on the underpass, which cuts NH-24 perpendicularly near Model Town crossing, had started in March 2014. However, it was stalled for about six months in 2015. Work was finally restarted in November last year. When construction started in March 2014, the facility was to be completed in 18 months. Officials said the project faced several hindrances before it could achieve the required pace needed to meet the deadline. Chipper Jones Womens Jersey